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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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Court of Appeal Google AdWords decision may herald new online threat for brand owners

The dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Interflora has taken a new turn, with the Court of Appeal overturning the previous High Court ruling that M&S had infringed Interflora's trade mark rights in its name by purchasing and using it as a Google AdWord, as Shoosmiths reports.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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Website blocking order granted to protect trade mark holder

The Richemont Group, owner of luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc, has secured a landmark website blocking order against the five main retail internet service providers in the UK. Shoosmiths looks the conditions a trade mark holder must meet in order to secure a website blocking order.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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Calculating holiday pay - the next instalment

Earlier this year the European Court of Justice decided that holiday pay calculations should include commission, and this week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that holiday pay should also factor in non-guaranteed overtime. Shoosmiths sizes up the impact of this closely watched case.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 November 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Consumer Contract Regulations: the nightmare before Christmas (for online retailers)?

While the burden on online retailers to deliver goods to consumers within 30 days previously existed, the new contract regulations, implemented on 13 June 2014, reaffirms this requirement for online retailers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the potential pitfalls for business.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 November 2014 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services

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Tattoos in the workplace - the debate continues

The debate over tattoos in the workplace is raging on, with the most recent case being of a tattooed teaching assistant who was allegedly sent away on the first day of her new job. Conversely, the army has now relaxed their tattoo policy - Shoosmiths offers some practical tips for business.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 October 2014 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

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Companies can recover the costs of their in-house lawyers in legal proceedings

It has long been established that the costs of proceedings can be recovered by the winning side. However, what was uncertain was whether these costs could include the work of in-house lawyers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at a case which has removed this uncertainty.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 October 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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New jail terms for internet trolls: what can your business do about cyber bullies?

Justice secretary Chris Grayling recently outlined proposals to quadruple the current six-month sentence for people found guilty of internet trolling. In this briefing, Shoosmiths offers practical steps businesses can take to protect themselves or their employees from cyber-abuse or internet trolls.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 October 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement

Providing references and the related pitfalls - what employers need to know

References are often requested during the recruitment process - but are they worth the paper they are written on? In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the dangers of providing - or not providing - a reference and what employers can do if they receive an unsatisfactory reference.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 October 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Public procurement: new regulations on the way - key points to note

Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes. A consultation process is underway - in this briefing, Shoosmiths lists some key points to note in the proposed regulations.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement

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Time off to care for a dependant - how soon should an employer know?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently found that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he took time off to care for his pregnant partner. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the reasons for the decision, and sets out the learning points for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 October 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals

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